Valentine’s Date Night

Are you in a new, exciting relationship? Maybe the sparks have been flying and you’re not sure what to do this year as February 14 stares you down from your calendar. Are you in an established, comfortable relationship? Maybe you want to reignite the sparks this Valentine’s Day or just show your loved one how much they mean to you.

No matter your relationship status, we have you covered in Cameron Village for the most romantic day of the year.

The Perfect Gift

For Her: You could do the whole flowers and chocolates thing, but those will only last about a week. How about something that will last through the spring? At Lori + Lulu you’ll find the best of laid-back luxury clothes and accessories in Raleigh. Manager Alexandra Lohr can help you find the gift she’ll want to wear out for your Valentine’s date. “It’s a lot of fun to start with jewelry. Start with a pair of earrings or a necklace. We have some gorgeous Bittersweet jewelry with citrine, crystals and baroque pearls,” she says. Lori+Lulu is having a big sale on beautiful, cozy fall and winter items but, when you walk in the store it’s hard not to be immediately drawn to the bright colors everyone will be wearing later this year. Lohr says, “We have a lot of spring colors in. Baby pink is really in. Lime and light green. Citrus!”

For Him: We’ve all heard the cliche that “Men are so hard to shop for!” Alton Lane in Cameron Village makes it easy and smart to help your guy look his best. Raleigh men know Alton Lane is a fantastic local place for custom clothing, but did you know you can get great gifts there too?

Showroom manager, Emily McNeill shows one store display with Daniel Wellington watches and pocket squares perfect for the office or that big Valentine’s date. “We have Baxter shaving and grooming products. They come in just to get our Baxter!” Right now, Alton Lane has a promotion offering a 20% bonus with any gift card purchase. So, if you get him a $100 gift card, he’ll get $120 to buy a custom shirt or belt.

Getting ready

For her: There is nothing quite like that fresh salon feeling, right ladies? Don’t you wish you could have your hair look that great all the time? The trained stylists at haircolorxperts can get you the best cut and color in Raleigh. You know that, but did you know, they specialize in blowouts and styles for big occasions, too? Stylist Alexis Zavatson says before Valentine’s Day, clients are making appointments to get styled, “Women are coming in to get blowouts. They’re also getting specialty styles. Blowouts and then have their hair styled up and back. Braids.” For Valentine’s Day, you sometimes just want a little extra special look,”It’s just really nice to have something better than your day-to-day style.”

This February only, haircolorxperts has a special offer for $20 deep conditioning service with any cut or color service you get. “It’s something nice to rejuvenate your hair and add shine and softness,” Zavatson says.

For Him: Guys, looking sharp and well groomed for your Valentine is easy at Arrow. Come and have a beer while you wait for stylists who are experts in helping men look their best. Stylist Jazmine Figueroa advises guys to come in before Valentine’s. “Before the big date, a haircut is always nice, but we do complementary neck trims with the shave for free!”

Arrow is a great place for a gift too. Figueroa says, “I see a lot of wives and sisters get gift cards for a shave. Guys love to lay back and get that hot towel, cold towel, clean face experience.”

The Date

Your Valentine has their gift, they’re looking great. You know Cameron Village has the best romantic spots in the Triangle for you and your honey. Start your night at Tazza. Sip and swoon over your good looking date! Tazza has a craft beverage program featuring unique small-production wines, local beer, and cocktails. Don’t skip an appetizer from their wood-fired grill.

Does it get more romantic than wine and good Italian food? Make a reservation at Piccola Italia for an intimate, cozy dining experience. Toast your love with wine and enjoy traditional Italian-American cuisine made from scratch. Anyone else think of the spaghetti scene from “Lady and the Tramp?” You could recreate it here in Raleigh on Piccola Italia’s patio.

Come feel the love at Cameron Village this February. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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